General Gowon, the Nigerian leader, on Monday (23 October) visited the stadium at Lagos where the African games will be held in January.
General Gowon, the Nigerian leader, on Monday (23 October) visited the stadium at Lagos where the African games will be held in January. He was welcomed by Mr. Femi Okunnu, the Federal Commissioner for Works and Housing.
The Games are the second of their kind - the first were held in 1965 in Brazzaville. Intensive preparations are going on for the forthcoming Games. Two special courts in Lagos will deal with people who ignore anti-begging bylaws which will come into effect shortly before the Games start.
Twenty extra buses will be added to the present Lagos fleet, to connect the stadium with various parts of the city. Street traders and road-side mechanics will be barred form Lagos and extra parking restrictions will help beat traffic jams. There are also to be special radio posts to enable the police to learn quickly of any breakdown which may block traffic.
The All-Africa Aid Foundation - an independent body based in Ethiopia but with its West African headquarters in Lagos - is making available five double-decker ambulances and four mobile medical units during the African Games.
Twenty-one nations ave already formally advised Lagos they will definitely take part.